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just sitting here and cat bit me for no reason???

post #1 of 29
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I was just sitting here at the computer and talking to my mom who is on the couch and next thing I know Shadow my 4 year old cat stood up on the side of the computer chair and bit my arm. She has never done anything like this before...I looked at her and asked her what her problem was and she just meowed and walked away. She is so moody for some reason.
post #2 of 29
It sounds like she was just trying to get your attention.
post #3 of 29
LOL, she wanted you full attention. Mine do that occasionally too.
post #4 of 29
Trout does that same thing..she is uber moody
post #5 of 29
My cat bites me daily!! I think she is just playing, but I am not sure, I usually just say NO firmly, but obviously that doesn't wark and she will break skin if I am not up on time to give her her wet food...
post #6 of 29
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Well Shadow isn't known to ever bite so it was just weird, it shocked me lol. I did have a cat that bit me all the time...if you didn't pet her right or if you didn't go to bed on time...she was really grumpy but she was 10 so she had a right to be, she was getting old (she died a almost 2 years ago)
Shadow is usually just a talkative cat...when she wants your attention she talks your ear off
post #7 of 29
I wish Layla would just meow!! She is an attack cat lol She is young though,right around a year.
post #8 of 29
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Well I read on this site that Himalayans (Shadow is part that and part some random cat...person we got her from was breeding Himalayans and the mother got outside and got friendly with another cat outside) are calm lazy cats...but on other sites I have read they are vocal and want to be treated like a queen...and that is the way Shadow is. She is very vocal and we always call her Queen Sheba cause she holds her head up high and walks around like she owns everything and everyone. She is pure black as well and I read the whole black cat page on here...maybe the spirit of the Goddess Baast is in her lol
post #9 of 29
AWWWWW, gee -- that's just part of the fun of being owned by a cat! I get nips all the time from Tarifa and Suha in particular; Calo will also bite me if we tussle, which he loves. He's a very physical cat. My angel Tomo-Taisho would BITE -- HARD -- when he was offended. What set him off was when he chased my beloved Sunny and I wagged my finger in his face while "No NO!"-ing him. That finger set him off. He got me round the wrist with his hands, and let me have it. I still bear the scars to this day, a forever reminder of my sweet Tomo and his Taisho (Boss) attitude. PS I never wagged my finger at him again -- and we got along just fine.
post #10 of 29
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yeah Shadow doesn't listen when you tell her no...she sticks her nose up in the air and "humphs"
She is so bad...if she wants to lay down on the table or the ledge between the kitchen and the dinning room and something is in her way...she will knock it off and lay down. She wont care if its breakable or if its something the puppy will tear apart in seconds if he sees it lol
post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by Tarasgirl06 View Post
My angel Tomo-Taisho would BITE -- HARD -- when he was offended. What set him off was when he chased my beloved Sunny and I wagged my finger in his face while "No NO!"-ing him. That finger set him off. He got me round the wrist with his hands, and let me have it. I still bear the scars to this day, a forever reminder of my sweet Tomo and his Taisho (Boss) attitude. PS I never wagged my finger at him again -- and we got along just fine.
The fun part is the scars I have so many all over me from so many of the cats I have had in my life. It's fun though telling the stories of how you got them
post #12 of 29
Shadow sounds like a GREAT cat! I love cats with attitude. (Of course, I might as well admit it 'cause you'll find out anyway: I LOVE ALL CATS!)
post #13 of 29
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I am so sorry for the triple post but I was petting Shadow and she just bit my hand really hard for no reason what so ever. I'm getting really worried. She never does these types of things...I can't think of a single time she has bitten me before unless it was an accident while we were playing...but tonight...she's just bitting me non stop...I have teeth marks in my hand now
post #14 of 29
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Originally Posted by Tarasgirl06 View Post
Shadow sounds like a GREAT cat! I love cats with attitude. (Of course, I might as well admit it 'cause you'll find out anyway: I LOVE ALL CATS!)
I am the same...I love all cats and one's with a odd personality or an attitude are always great cause you always have a laugh with them around. My whole life I have had cats and I keep telling my family that I'm going to be the old crazy cat lady when I'm Old and living on my own
post #15 of 29
That'll be the reward for a lifetime of humble servitude
post #16 of 29
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yeah really
She's laying under me I'm trying to keep my feet far far away from her
post #17 of 29
...actually, I was replying to the poster who said she wants to be a cat lady when she gets old.

Well, if she's biting you hard, you may want to get that checked into -- maybe a consult with a feline behaviorist might be in order? And maybe you might want to give her some time out in another room? Anyone out there have better or more constructive ideas?
post #18 of 29
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yeah I have a post on the 2nd page of Behavior about how Shadow is attacking the puppy and vet has been trying different methods to stop that.
we tried this plug in thing that releases a cat hormone into the air that supposed to calm her but it doesn't...we have separated her several times...she has been checked out by the vet and is healthy other then she has IBD which is being controlled by a long lasting steroid shot.
But she has never had aggression towards us...
The vet even told us to go to a pet therapist but we don't have the money to go to one and out pet insurance wont cover that...the pet insurance is actually cutting down on what they are covering for Shadow because we have had problems with her (Fatty liver, Feline Kennel cough and now the IBD)
So I'm worried she's now going from aggression to the dog to us
post #19 of 29
My Seamus had a rough week last week with the biting, every day he found an arm or a foot and took a nip... even jumped at my face and nipped my cheek! Part of me thinks he's had enough of me being home for the summer and he was tellin me to go away for a while, or maybe he knew he was going to the vet yesterday to get neutered and telling me he was not thrilled... Now today, he's so darn mellow it's making me mad...

Staying away from him for a while after he bit helped... I would even get up and leave the house for a couple hours... I feel for you... maybe she's just in a mood...
post #20 of 29
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Yeah could just be a mood...it is getting late as well so she could be tired and mad I'm not in bed yet so she can get in and go to sleep as well. Not normal but cats aren't always normal
I'll see how she is acting tomorrow and if she bitting continues I'll probably be giving my vet a call...they told me to tell them if she started to show aggression towards us...but one night isn't enough to tell
post #21 of 29
Just a word to the wise: be careful in telling the vet that she bit you. This could mean trouble for her and for you. I'd keep that to myself and discuss it with a behaviorist when you do have the money, which I'd make a top priority right now if possible. When I told Tomo's doctor that he bit me, he was aghast and said, "We have to report that". Thankfully for us, I told him after Tomo had already gone over the Bridge -- he had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. But I would NEVER place my cat in danger!!! and so, I would not tell the vet if I was you.
post #22 of 29
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ok thank you for warning me I didn't really think of that....I would never want anything to happen to Shadow. I would make the behaviorist a priority but I still live with my mother and both her and I are low on cash and she doesn't even believe in the whole thing...I do and am trying to talk her into it but its a hard buy
post #23 of 29
WELL, maybe someone on TCS has some leads for URL's you could visit that deal with behavioral issues. OR, I happen to know of a wonderful feline behaviorist who's written at least two books on the subject: she is Pam Johnson-Bennett and the book I have of hers is CAT vs. CAT: Keeping Peace When You Have More Than One Cat (2004, Penguin Books, ISBN#0-14-300475-8, available through Amazon.com and "all the usual places") Perhaps you can locate a book, by her or another behaviorist, at Amazon.com or a local bookshop, that will be reasonable and that will address your issue in a creative, positive, and successful way. Short of buying full body armor, that is!
post #24 of 29
lol my grandmother had a siamese that would do that all the time. . . she called them love nips- it translates directly into "I am bored, pay attention to me now. . . "
post #25 of 29
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yeah my old cat Timbit did love nips all the time and Shadow's bites were no love nips...I have teeth marks in me still.
Thank you I will look for up some books. That would probably help alot...I have looked all over the web and they always refer me to books so might as well go and buy them now. I have a Chapters right around the corner from my house I can run over to in the next few days.
post #26 of 29
Good luck in your search for answers... I hope for your sake and her's it's just a bad mood
post #27 of 29
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thank you
I actually think it is now...I was in the washroom and she walked in and wanted to be petted and was purring and and gave me a kiss so I think that was her apologizing.
But still need to find books on the problem with her and the dog.
post #28 of 29
They're funny aren't they? That kind of thing is what I love most about cats. Sashka used to bite me at any random time she felt like she needed to remind me that she was a cranky baby and could bite me if she wished! And that I'd still love her...of course...
post #29 of 29
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oh yeah I'll always love my Shadow no matter what she does. I'll love all my babies for ever
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